The game was a showdown in net as both goalies make over 30 saves

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a battle in net as both goaltenders made over 30 saves, but Bemidji State was able to score the lone goal as the Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to the Beavers, 1-0, Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Buckeye freshman Chelsea Knapp stopped 32 shots while BSU’s Zuzana Tomcikova, on her way to the Olympics with the Slovakian National Team, finished with 38 saves in the shutout.

The teams split the weekend after a 5-2 Ohio State victory Friday night and the Buckeyes took the season series against the Beavers, 2-1-1.

Ohio State moves to 12-10-4 overall and 9-9-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, while Bemidji State is 8-12-6 and 7-7-6-3 in the league. The fourth-place Beavers hold a three-point lead in the conference standings over the Buckeyes.

The only goal of the game was scored 9:53 into the third period, when Bemidji State’s Emily Erickson was able to put in the third rebound while right in front of the net. Erin Cody and Montana Vichorek fired the first two shots to pick up the rebounds.

Leading the Buckeyes in shots on goal was Hokey Langan with eight, followed by Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh with seven, while Kim Theut put on six. Ohio State gave it every last bit to break through in the third period, totaling 37 shot attempts including 21 shots on net.

Both teams were given plenty of power play opportunities in the game, with the Buckeyes 0-of-7 and the Beavers 1-of-5.

Knapp moves to 10-10-4 on the season, while Tomcikova is 8-9-5.

Up next, the Buckeyes play in the second of three-consecutive home series when they face defending NCAA champion Wisconsin, Jan. 29-30. Games begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.

Game Notes:

  • This was the final series with Ohio State for Minttu Tuominen before leaving for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She will meet up with the Finnish National Team next weekend in Colorado before traveling to Vancouver for the Games.
  • It was the sixth game this season Chelsea Knapp has made 30 or more saves.
  • In her last four games, Knapp has a 1.26 goals-against average and .956 save percentage. She is 3-1-0 with 109 saves and just five goals allowed.
  • This is the second time the Buckeyes have been shutout this season, both coming in the last three weeks.
  • Bemidji State blocked 30 shots by the Buckeyes.